It doesn't really matter whether Dale Steyn plays or not in 3rd Test: Virat Kohli

Kohli said he shared a good friendship with Steyn off the field but his presence or absence would make no difference to the team's mindset.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2015, 12:58 PM IST
It doesn't really matter whether Dale Steyn plays or not in 3rd Test: Virat Kohli

New Delhi: Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday said that they are ready for the third Test and it hardly makes a difference whether South African speedster Dale Steyn will play in Nagpur or not.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Test, Kohli said, "We all have scored enough runs against him in the past. It does not make a difference whether he is playing or not. We treat everybody equally."

When asked whether he was closing to getting a settled combination for Tests, Kohli said that apart from the one slot of the all-rounder, there haven't been many changes by the team management.

"I feel in a Test side, according to the conditions, we should have a couple of all-rounders, one spin all-rounder, one seaming-all-rounder. We haven't really chopped and changed too much. That one slot should be decided according to the conditions. We might possibly make some changes according to the conditions," he added.

India have a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series against South Africa and the third Test will be played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur from Nov 25-29.